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  1. CAS Academy September 2012 Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science

  2. Aim of CAS Academy • To support both Lead and Supporting schools in the Network of Teaching Excellence (regardless of geographical location) with opportunities to: • Deliver a full and enriched (value added) curriculum at KS3 and KS4 • Attend CPD courses • Obtain mentoring post CAS Master Teacher CPD courses • Obtain Peer support

  3. Local Authorities higher &furthereducation schools Relative sizes of sectors: from funding body statistics on staff & student numbers We have teamed up with • JANET Videoconferencing Service • JANET community • Estimated footprint: more than 18,000,000 users • Serving: England’s universities, colleges, schools and local government • JANET nationwide network • 5,500 km dedicated fibre across UK

  4. There is no “them”, only “us”! • Who can contribute? • Teacher CPD or classroom workshops for students • Lead schools from the Network of Teaching Excellence • Computer Science and Initial Teacher Training Departments from Universities in the Network of Teaching Excellence • Anyone registered as a STEM Ambassador with a Computer Science background • CAS Master Teachers • Mentoring & Support: • All members of the Network of Teaching Excellence

  5. How will we connect? • Audience: Can choose from • Either a free downloadable web conferencing software from Janet • Or in the future… a standard Skype application • Developing transition links by using local facilities i.e. Primary visiting Secondary, Secondary visiting College or University • Presenters: will use standard video conferencing equipment available from • Some Secondary Schools • Most, if not all HE and FE centres • Most large industry organisations • Loan free of charge the equipment from Janet

  6. Classroom workshops • Value added experience of a guest speaker from academia or industry specialised in a particular topic area • On demand teaching by an Advanced Skills Teacher (with support of CS Specialist) or CAS Master Teacher focusing on covering the curriculum needs of attending schools • Sessions will be mapped to the points of study in the CAS Curriculum for Schools document at KS2, KS3 and KS4 curriculum • Sessions will not be exam board specific

  7. When will they run? • Frequency of the virtual sessions will be governed by: • Demand: The schools registering interest • Supply: The specialist offering to run virtual sessions • We will be looking for contributors to develop models of good practise as well as seeking advice from Janet and other contributing organisations • Book in advance for workshops or just turn up for mentoring sessions • They will take the format of: • One off short sessions • Following a time table i.e. regular lessons at a regular time • One off day sessions with breaks for activities i.e. 3x 1 hour sessions • Sessions can be recorded for asynchronous viewing • First CAS Academy meeting: • 3rd October 2012 there will be a National launch of the Network of Teaching Excellence for teachers unable to make this evenings presentation.

  8. Case study • University of Reading holds STEM ambassador contract for Surrey, Berkshire and West London regions: • remit to inform and support ALL schools in region to enable access to STEM-related curriculum enhancement and enrichment. • STEM ambassadors are volunteers working in STEM related fields who are able to work with young people and schools to provide real-life context for STEM subjects. STEM ambassadors are all CRB checked. • currently have over 800 STEM ambassadors in the region, approx 20% of whom have ‘technology (inc CS and IT) indicated as a specialism. • able to advertise to advertise CAS Online Academy to these volunteers as an opportunity to engage as presenters, and to organise training sessions if required • presenters engaged through other means may enrol as STEM ambassadors with us in order to benefit from basic induction to working with schools and CRB check • University of Reading (and others) has secure online chat portal facility ‘Chatlive’ which would be available for use by STEM ambassador presenters to arrange follow-up sessions post presentation if required

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  14. Bang for buck…? • Lead Schools and Universities: • Meet the membership criteria to be part of the Network of Teaching Excellence by sharing expertise and resources • Meet community outreach requirements • CAS will also advertise all sessions through its network of 30+ hubs and on it’s website to help maximise the attendance to sessions • Collaboration between organisations giving initiative greater creditability

  15. Continued… • Teachers • Great professional development opportunity • Develop his or her school’s capacity to teach Computer Science • Build and strength relationships with colleagues locally and nationally • All schools in the Network of Teaching Excellence • Opportunity to partner up schools if there isn't an obvious partnership in the local area • Novel and exciting way of delivering the curriculum to engage students whilst at the same time supporting the development of a class teachers in teaching Computer Science • Reduced price of specialist Computer Science teaching through shared costs of delivery by schools attending a virtual session

  16. Continued… • STEM Ambassadors • Locations of CS (industry based) specialists who are willing to share their time and expertise but not willing, wanting, able to travel to a school or remote destinations • Most Industry, FE and HE organisations have video conferencing facilities